Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag | 2017

So I’ve been seeing a lot of my favorite booktubers doing this tag recently and I thought that it’d be a fun way to reflect on this year’s hits and misses. Also – I hope to god that this helps me to come out of this dreadful blogging slump that I’ve been in.

Without me rambling any further, let’s just jump right into the questions!


  1. What are the best books that you’ve read so far in 2017? 

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So 2017 has been a pretty decent reading year for me. But, my absolute favorites from this year are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Beck Albertalli, and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I have been pushing myself to read more classics for a while now and I’m so glad that read Pride and Prejudice – because it is just as beautiful as it is deemed to be. Simon is well-loved by the community and rightfully so. This story is adorable, amazing, and just so important. And as for ATTWN – it is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I’d highly recommend you to read these books if you haven’t yet.

2. What is the best sequel that you’ve read so far in 2017? 

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So I haven’t really read a lot of sequels this year. But, I’ll choose The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh for this. If you don’t already know, it is the second book of The Wrath & the Dawn duology. I love this series so much. It is diverse, the storyline is engaging, and Renee Ahdieh’s writing is just absolutely magical. The second book was a lot better than the first one and the fantasy element was also much stronger in this one.

3. What are the new releases that you haven’t read yet, but want to? 

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I’m going to go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber for this one. The book created such a lot of buzz and I do have the book on my shelf. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I will. I will. I w-

4. What is your most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

12Oh, this one is so simple. Origin by Dan Brown. I’m an absolute sucker for his stories and I love them so much. Makes me wanderlust every frickin’ time. I just cannot wait for a new mystery set in a breathtakingly beautiful city.

5. What has been your most disappointing read of this year? 

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Well, this book actually hasn’t come out yet. I recently read The Color Project by Sierra Abrams and I just didn’t enjoy it. At all. I was really looking forward to reading this because there has been a LOT of hype about it on Twitter. Everyone seems to be loving this. But, this just was not my cup of tea.

6. What has been the biggest surprise? 

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The biggest surprise of this year for me has definitely been Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna. If you have read my review of it then you’ll understand why. I went in with zero expectations. I thought that the hype was too much. But boy oh boy! I loved it so much. A highly enjoyable read for me and turned out to be a total gem.

7. Who has become your new favorite author (debut or new to you)?

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Becky Albertalli! I enjoyed her writing in Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agenda so much. It is so engaging and completely drew me in. I just wasn’t able to put it down and that makes me all the more excited to read The Upside of Unrequited. 

8. Who has been your newest fictional crush? 

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Daniel from Nicola Yoon‘s The Sun Is Also a Star. He is just so cute and adorable. If you have read this book then you know what I’m talking about!

9. Who is your newest favorite character? 

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SIMON from Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Gosh.. he is so cute, funny, adorable and .. have I mentioned that he is so so cute?! Also – he is a Potterhead! He keeps throwing in these Harry Potter references and that is just precious. Absolutely precious. You need to read this book now if you haven’t already. Seriously. You need this book.

10. Which book made you cry?

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I have not read a single book that has made me cry this year. But I’ll tell you the name of the book that made me saddest and that is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. This book is the closest that I’ve been to crying while reading in 2017. I just finished this last night and my mind is still reeling from it.

11. Name a book that made you happy?

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I’m so happy with the representation that my community has got from this book. It is such a diverse read and I hope that you read it (if you haven’t already, that is).

12. What has been the favorite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year? 

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Even though I haven’t read The Wonder Woman comics, I’m going to go with the Wonder Woman movie. It was just so good. Finally, a woman-oriented superhero movie that I didn’t even knew I needed.

13. The favorite review you’ve written this year?

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I’m going to cheat on this one. I’ll go with My Dream Bookish Panel post for this one. I published it a few months back and it didn’t do well as I had hoped it’d. But I had spent a lot of time with the graphics and writing of that one and was incredibly proud of how it turned out to be. You can check it out here if you want to.

14. What has been the most beautiful book that you’ve bought/received this year?

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My Penguin Drop Cap edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is just so beautiful – especially the red-edged pages. My illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Jim Kay’s illustrations are so on point and I love it. The magic is real.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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I’m really hoping to start rereading the Harry Potter series again and I hope to, at least, read the first four books before 2017 ends.


What about you? What have been your reading hits and misses of the first half of 2017? Have you done this tag? If yes, then do drop a link because I’d love to check it out!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Guess who’s back from her unannounced hiatus? ME. I was so busy for the last one and a half month with all my semester exams and practicals that I just couldn’t fit in the time to blog (bound to happen when you leave all the studying to be done at the last minute). Anyways.. exams are finally over and summer vacations have started. That means it is time to READ and BLOG. I’m so excited! ❤

I was nominated towards the beginning of the year by Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thought this would be a fun little post to help get back on the groove. So without any further ado, let’s get on with this.

THE RULES OF THE TAG:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and then write 11 new questions.
  4.  List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

What 2017 releases are you most excited for?

There. Are. So. Many. I feel like 2017 has been an incredible year when it comes to new releases. I can’t wait to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Caraval by Stephanie GarberAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanFlame in the Mist by Renee AhdiehOrigin by Dan Brown, Once and for All by Sarah Dessen to name a few off the top of my head.

 What book did you read in 2016 that you want everyone to read?

Even though I read quite a few books last year, I didn’t have as many five star reads that I’d have liked to have. But there are two particular books stand out : All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanI absolutely loved these two books and I wish everyone would read them.

Are there any authors whose books you desperately want to like, but just can’t get into?

Okay. So unpopular opinion time. I tried reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater but couldn’t get past the first ten pages. I’ve heard so many great things about her writing and I felt really bad for having to put it down. The same goes for An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Hardly read the first fifty pages. I don’t know why this happened because both of these books are pretty much loved. I do plan to give them another try this year so we’ll see.

 What was the most recent book you read that surprised you (in either a good or bad way)?

I recently read The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh and I LOVED it. I had read The Wrath and the Dawn last year and even though I did enjoy it, I didn’t expect a lot out of the second book. But I was blown away by the writing and the rich imagery, to say the least.

Are you participating in any reading challenges this year?

I’m participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve challenged myself to read 100 books this year (failing, as of now). I’m also taking part in the Beat the Backlist challenge and trying to complete the Grand World of Books Bingo.

What was the last book you bought?

I bought the (absolutely beautiful) Penguin Drop  Cap edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak around a month back.

 What’s one thing you’d like to see more of in books?

Proper and more representation of Indian characters. I recently read the ARC of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and loved it. It was so true in the depiction of Indian people and I’m so happy with the representation. That’s how it is like in families in my country and I want to see more of that in international literature. Nothing would make me happier!

Where do you go most often for book recommendations (other blogs, Goodreads, etc.)?

I get most of my book recommendations from other blogs and booktube. And also Goodreads, at times.

Is there anything you like to do while you read? Listen to music? Eat?

Not really. I feel like my concentration gets hampered so reading is a single task affair for me.

If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

I can’t read one genre for the rest of my life. I just can’t. 😛 I’ll tell you my favorite genres though : Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy and Adult. I can lead the rest of my life with these.

What’s one trope that you’ll never get tired of?

Best friends to lovers. I LOVE this trope (when done right). It’s fluffy, sweet and cute and usually ends up with me shipping the characters so hard.

Nominations

I’m nominating these amazing bloggers :

Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Taylor @ Taylor Reads Books

 Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile

Alyssa @ Pucks and Paperbacks

Questions

  1. What has been your favorite 2017 read so far?
  2. What is the one summer read that you’d recommend everyone to read in this season?
  3. What has been the favorite interaction that you’ve ever had with an author?
  4. How has blogging changed your life?
  5. What do you enjoy doing – other than reading?
  6. Is there any food combination that everyone else finds weird but you love? If yes, then do share!
  7. Have you ever judged a book by it’s cover?
  8. If you could be any fictional character for one day, who would you be?
  9. Who is that one villain that you love to hate?
  10. What is your favourite reading place?
  11. What is the one book that you want to see a movie adaptation of?

That’s it for today. See you in my next post!


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My Dream Bookish Panel

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Hello everyone! Around a month back, I was asked who’d be on my dream bookish panel. I was absolutely filled with glee when I got the opportunity because.. come on! Imagining what our dream bookish panel would look like is nothing short of a treat for us bookworms.

First things first, let me introduce you to Eventbrite. They are the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. If you’re looking to plan and/or find a conference panel in your local area, they have a great conference management page which you can make excellent use of.

I would host this panel of mine at the beautiful city of Kolkata – my home! It is pristine and culturally apt to receive this wonderful bundle of talent. A beautiful discussion with the backdrop of Prinsep Ghat or Victoria Memorial, to name a few settings, would be just heavenly. And now without any further ado, let’s get on with this exciting post!


India.. India!

I live in India and I’ve always felt that Indian literature doesn’t get the spotlight that it deserves globally. Since I don’t have the means to attend the big panels which take place around the world, I’d like this post of mine to focus more on my country’s gems.

 

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The Indian authors who I’d love to have on my panel are :

• Ruskin Bond – I’ve grown up reading his stories and for me, his stories encapsulate the beauty of my country and the people living in it. His words have the power to transport you to a blissful and calm sense of mind

Vikram Seth – This man, to his credit, has written one of the longest novels to be ever published in a single volume in English language. Apart from all of his literary credentials, he is also a public supporter of Gay rights. We need more people like him in our country to talk on important issues like this.

Shashi Tharoor – He is a former diplomat and a politician. Now, I don’t always agree with all his views but he is a captivating speaker. He is an acclaimed author of fiction as well as non-fiction and it is a dream of mine to listen to him live.

• Arundhati Roy – Aside from  being the author of the Man Booker Prize winning novel The God of Small Things, she is an activist for human rights. She has always been there to take a tough stand on various issues and I’ve always found her to be extremely inspiring.

| All of the Indian authors would have a discussion on Indian literature – the highs, the lows and what more should be done to make it reach a larger audience. This panel would be moderated by Barkha Dutt (a journalist of excellent par). 

 

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I can’t have a dream bookish panel without including my favorite authors from across a varied range of genres.

FANTASY

It’d be impossible for me to complete this dream of mine without including my all time favorite author J. K. Rowling. She is so exuberant and a force of nature. Her stories inspire me and have made me who I am and it’d be an honor to listen to her just narrate her life story (and yes, I wouldn’t a few additional Harry Potter information.. shh!)

DYSTOPIA

The name which comes to my mind is Suzanne Collins. I love her world building and it’d be so incredible to have her on a panel and discuss the nuances that involve with making such a character driven story.

YOUNG ADULT 

John Green.. John Green .. John Green! I love his vlogbrother videos on YouTube and I love his TED talk. In my opinion, he has a great way of resonating with the youth and that’s something that I’d definitely like to have on my panel.

CONTEMPORARY 

I absolutely love Jenny Han and E. Lockhart. They’d be incredible additions to the panel with their own personal way of making their characters absolutely realistic.

THRILLER / MYSTERY

Gillian Flynn, Tess Gerritsen and Dan Brown . These three names appear on the top of my mind when I think this genre. They write such well-detailed psychological thrillers and they’d be such invaluable additions to the panel.

ADULT FICTION

My dream wouldn’t be incomplete without including Khaled Hosseini and Jeffrey Archer. I can vouch by these two authors. I absolutely love their writing and they have such vast amounts of knowledge and have so many important topics to talk about.

| I would have all these international authors have a panel discussion on how they came about to write their own books and just share a general experience of their careers. It’d be a fun and interactive discussion, for both the authors and audience. This would be moderated by Sarah Dessen. 

 

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Now.. my dream panel wouldn’t be complete without including a few of my favorite characters. I want these people – Hermione Granger, Sherlock Holmes and Percy Jackson. It’d be an explosive trio.

| I give these three characters the liberty to talk about anything that they want. This panel would be moderated by the symbol of wisdom – Albus Dumbledore. 

 


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So what do you think of my dream bookish panel? Tell me about YOUR dream bookish panel. Who’d feature on yours? 

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Top Ten Books On My Early Summer TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is actually Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR but I’m tweaking it just a little. I live in a part of India where we don’t really have spring. It is straight up winter and then summer. It has been so hot these past few days that I don’t really see a point in making a Spring TBR and since temperatures are going to be soaring a lot higher, I’m going to be making an Early Summer TBR. So let’s get started!

1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

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Yes, I’m sure you’ve seen this book doing rounds in the book community. It has created a lot of buzz. The book is a contemporary about two Indian characters, Dimple and Rishi, who live in America and their parents want have decided on their arranged marriage – but the girl doesn’t know about it. Now, I’ve read a handful of contemporaries featuring Indian characters written by Indian authors and I honestly couldn’t care less about them. The author was kind enough to send me an eARC of this novel and I really want to know if this book is as good as everyone is saying it to be.

2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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 I know. I know. I still can’t believe that I’ve not read even a single book in The Mortal Instruments series. But I WILL change this in 2017. I will. 

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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 The last book in this trilogy recently came out and it has been everywhere. The hype has really got to me and I absolutely love the concept of different types of London existing parallely and I just can’t wait to start with this. 

4. Matilda by Roald Dahl 

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I got this book recently for my birthday and I’m just so excited to read it. Matilda is a children’s classic but I’ve just never come around to actually read it. I’ve read quite a few stories of Roald Dahl and I absolutely adore them. I’m way too excited for a 19 year old to read this book.

5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

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Yes. This book has been everywhere. It is all people talk about now a days and the hype has definitely consumed me. I recently won the UK hardcover edition of this book in a twitter giveaway (YAY!) and I can’t wait to start reading it because if the reviews are any indication, this book is an absolute must read on 2017.

6. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater 

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I bought this book last year in the month of April and it has been just sitting on my bookshelf since.I’m not actually a huge fan of the whole werewolf angle in stories but since I’ve already bought it, I might as well read it. I don’t expect too much out of the plot honestly but I’ve heard some really good things about Maggie Steifvater’s writing so I hope that it turns out to be a good read. 

I’m including only six titles for this list because I also have my semester exams during this time and I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Which books are on your tbr list for spring? Do comment. I’d love to know! 

Take care, everyone! 

 

Real Neat Blog Award

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To my absolute surprise, my blog has been getting quite a number of award nominations recently and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to all of you for reading my posts and enduring my completely random system of publishing blogs. So, a huge Thank You – to each and everyone of you.


The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

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I was nominated by the amazing Lovey @ femonomics for the Real Neat Blog Award. She is just so lovely and a HUGE thank you goes out to her. Also, the credit of creating this award goes to Kitty . It is just so incredible to get nominated for awards like these by my fellow bloggers because that just means that I’m succeeding towards my goal of reaching to other people.

 

Now let’s get on to my answers!

1. What is your perfect ice cream sundae ? 

Chocolate Chill Grill from Kwality Walls Swirls. It is heavenly. Full of chocolate chips and chocolate sauce and chocolate ice cream.. yeah, you get the idea.

2. Who has been the most influential person in your life?

My mum. She has made me who I am and taught me everything that I know. She was the first teacher that I ever had and she will always be my favorite one too. I am all because of her.

3. Where do you go to relax? Or what do you do?

I like the comfort of my bed when I relax. I usually read a book or watch some videos on YouTube.

4. Would you rather it be really hot, or really cold?

I don’t like cold weather. When I was younger, I did live in a town where it dropped down to around five to six degree Celsius during winter and I distinctly remember absolutely loathing the many layers of warm clothes that mum made me wear. But now for a lot of years, I live in moderate winter cities so yeah, I’m just going to go with really hot.

5. When was the last time it snowed?

Never. I’ve never seen snow and watching a snowfall is definitely one of the top ranking things on my bucket list.

6. What was the last movie you saw?

I watched an excellent Bollywood movie called Dangal on Christmas. That was the last movie that I saw.

7. Where would you go on a dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be to travel all around the globe.


Questions for my nominees are :

  1. What is the one quote which you believe speaks the most about you?
  2. If you could be a song, what would you be?
  3. What is the one small change that you’d like to see in our current society?
  4. How many places have you lived in?
  5. What is that one thing which you just can’t live without?
  6. What is that one book which you’d like to see being made into a movie or tv show?
  7. What drew you into the habit of blogging?

I’d like to nominate the following amazing people for this award :

  1. Chloe @ chloesbookblog
  2. Fictionophile
  3. Deepthi @ onturningpages

That’s it for today. Take care, everyone.

 

 

Review | Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

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Book : Those Pricey Thakur Girls

Author : Anuja Chauhan

Publishing Year : 2013

Page Count : 400 

Genre : Romance

Format : Paperback

Links : Goodreads || Amazon || Flipkart 

Synopsis : In a sprawling bungalow on New Delhi’s posh Hailey Road, Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur and his wife Mamta spend their days watching anxiously over their five beautiful (but troublesome) alphabetically named daughters. Anjini, married but an incorrigible flirt; Binodini, very worried about her children’s hissa in the family property; Chandrakanta, who eloped with a foreigner on the eve of her wedding; Eshwari, who is just a little too popular at Modern School, Barakhamba Road; and the Judge’s favourite (though fathers shouldn’t have favourites): the quietly fiery Debjani, champion of all the stray animals on Hailey Road, who reads the English news on DD and clashes constantly with crusading journalist Dylan Singh Shekhawat, he of shining professional credentials but tarnished personal reputation, crushingly dismissive of her state-sponsored propaganda, but always seeking her out with half-sarcastic, half-intrigued dark eyes. Spot-on funny and toe-curlingly sexy, Those Pricey Thakur Girls is rom-com specialist Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best.


The cover of Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan proclaims her to be the only author of popular Indian fiction worth reading. Now, I usually steer clear of populist Indian fiction for the simple reason that they are usually so bad that I can actually feel my intellect going down while reading these books. But this was a highly recommended read from two of my friends so I thought to take a plunge with this one and I was definitely not disappointed.

This book follows an extremely quirky, comedic family. The man of the house is Justice Laxmi Narayan, a retired judge. He lives in Delhi of the late twentieth century with his wife and has five alphabetically named daughters. Yes, you heard that right – alphabetically named. And the fun is just beginning! All of them have completely different personalities but the main story follows Debjani Thakur or Dabbu, as she is called. She has a knack for going for the so-called “loser” things in life. She is our protagonist. And then you have Dylan Singh Shekhawat, our male protagonist. He is introduced to the reader as a character who flirts and goes around with almost any female in the vicinity and you think to yourself that there is nrao way that you can actually end up liking such a character but the author simply proves you wrong. Along with Dylan, there is his complete mix of a Rajput – Christian family who are simple rib tickling.

Going into the story, I knew it better not to expect anything great out of the plot. The best way to describe it’d be to say it is like one of those one time watch Bollywood movies where you know nothing substantial is going to come out of it but you watch it anyways for the fun and laughter associated with it. Anuja Chauhan delivers extremely well on this front. Her writing is quirky, fun and laugh out loud at times. She will make your eyes bulge out with the shock of a few statements that you will end up reading. She has captured the soul of the society of Delhi during those times quite well and all those mentions of the times when Doordarshan was the only television network will make you feel extremely nostalgic.

To wrap this up, if you’re looking for a breezy and funny read then do pick up Those Pricey Thakur Girls. It will give you an incredible glimpse into India of those times and will leave you feeling light. Do pick it up.

RATING : 4/5


Is there anyone who has read this book? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear from you!

Review | Deception Point by Dan Brown

P_20170105_225215_HDR_1.jpgBook : Deception Point

Author : Dan Brown

Publishing Year : 2001

Page Count : 556

Genre : Thriller

Format : Paperback

Goodreads || Amazon || Flipkart

 

Synopsis : When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory…a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Milne Ice Shelf to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery — a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy.

But before Rachel can contact the President, she and Michael are attacked by a deadly team of assassins controlled by a mysterious power broker who will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, their only hope for survival is to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.


Thriller is one of my absolute favorite genres. There is something mind blowing about reading a good, well researched thriller and for me, Dan Brown is always on the forefront. I’ve read three of his Robert Langdon books and I’ve ended up being awestruck on each occasion.

The plot of this particular book is extremely well executed. It is a sensible mixture of science and technology and casts an honest light on human psychology. It shows the limits to which a person can go to save something in which he/she believes vehemently in and an analysis of the level of deceit portrayed in this book is quite scary. Like all other books of Dan Brown, this book too shows the story unraveling in a parallel method : different incidents happening at the same time in different places. It has an extremely fast paced storyline leaving your mind reeling at the most unseeming places, gripping you from the very first page and making it difficult to put the book down.

In terms of characters, all of them are all multi-layered. Rachel Sexton has turned out to be my least favorite out of all the Dan Brown books that I’ve read. She is the protagonist but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be so. She is helpless in most cases and there are only a handful of situations in which she acts as the lead that she, in fact, is. She wouldn’t have been able to do anything if it weren’t for Michael Tolland and Corky Marlinson. They are the real brains. It is all the non-protagonists who actually take all the thunder in this story.

I’d say Deception Point was a fulfilling read. I went into it expecting a page turner and that’s what I got. I’m always in awe of the amount of research that Dan Brown does for a novel and this one also falls into the category. For me, his Robert Langdon novels have set the bar really high and this one falls just a little short of reaching that level. I’d strongly recommend picking up any of his books if you are looking for a mind blowing thriller (preferably, The Da Vinci Code).

RATING : 4/5 

(This is the least that I’ve ever rated a Dan Brown novel.)


Have you read any Dan Brown book? What is your favorite? Do share in the comments. I’d love to know! 

Have a lovely day/night, everyone. ❤

Top Ten Tuesday : 2017 Books I’m Most Excited For

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful girls at Broke and Bookish. Any new year marks the making of a number of lists and this is another one too. It has been a really long time since I last posted a TTT so let’s get on with it without any further ado.

1. Origin by Dan Brown – 26th September, 2017

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It has been three years since Dan Brown last published a novel and I’ve waited for far too long. I love his writing style and even though a few people complain that it is repetitive, I can’t help but be in absolute awe of his plots. Just the amount of research that goes into any of his books is incredible. The inner me is just shrieking and squealing in anticipation. September 26th can’t come soon enough. Check out the goodreads review here.

2. Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth –  17th January, 2017

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Honestly, I was expecting this book to create a lot more buzz. I read the Divergent trilogy last year and I absolutely loved it. The description of all that space setting has really interested me. I’ve noticed that there are quite a few negative reviews floating around the book community and it has made me a little skeptical. I just hope that it turns out to be a great read. You can find the goodreads review of this book here.

3. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – 2nd May, 2017

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The release date of this novel couldn’t be any better. My semester exams will finish on that day and what better way to kickstart the summer holidays than a cute, fluffy romance! I’ve loved the previous two books in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series and I can’t wait to read more about Lara Jean. And Peter Kavinsky. *swoons* Plus let’s not forget that there is another curveball : John Ambrose Mcclaren. I love how well this book portrays a realistic family because there is a shortage of them in YA and also yay, diversity! Find out more about this book here.

4. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins – 2nd May, 2017

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The Girl on the Train was an absolutely terrific read. It was unputdownable and gave an extremely honest insight into human psychology and this is exactly what I’m expecting Paula Hawkins to achieve again. Her writing is just so brilliant and she deserves way more accolades. Check out this book here.

5. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen – 6th June, 2017

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Sarah Dessen’s writing is just so breezy, bubbly and poignant. Just reading her stories makes me feel lighter, somehow. I find her portray of the teen mind quite realistic and I’m sure she’ll deliver once again. This one is going to be about wedding plans and stuff and is bound to be a perfect summer read. You can find more about this book here.


I know there are only five books in this list but since I’m  trying to decrease my TBR pile in 2017, these are the only new releases that I’m allowing myself to be excited for. But let me just say – the struggle is real!

What are the new releases in 2017 that you’re most excited for? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or if you’ve done a list, do link me up. I’d love to read yours! 

Review | Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna

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Book : Mrs Funnybones

Author : Twinkle Khanna 

Publishing Year : 2015

Page Count : 235 

Format : Paperback

Genre : Humour , Non-fiction

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Synopsis : Good morning, it’s 6 a.m. and I am wide awake because the man of the house has decided that he needs to perform a series of complex manoeuvres that involve him balancing on his left elbow. When I fell asleep last night, there was a baby lying next to me. Her smelly diaper is still wedged on my head but aside from this rather damp clue, I can’t seem to find her anywhere. I could ask my mother-in-law if she has seen the baby, but she may just tell me that I need to fast on alternate Mondays, and God will deliver the baby back to me . . . Full of wit and delicious observations, Mrs Funnybones captures the life of the modern Indian woman—a woman who organizes dinner each evening, even as she goes to work all day, who runs her own life but has to listen to her Mummyji, who worries about her weight and the state of the country. Based on Twinkle Khanna’s super-hit column, Mrs Funnybones marks the debut of one of our funniest, most original voices.


Considering that this book has been written by the daughter of a Bollywood superstar, is herself the wife of another Bollywood superstar and has acted in a few movies in her own time, it was no wonder that this got a LOT of media attention. When this book got published, so much of praise and laurel was showered on it. A part of me always wondered whether it was all because of her being a celebrity or has she actually managed to write something good. After one and a half years of pondering, I finally have the answer.

In the beginning itself Twinkle Khanna dismisses the notion that this book in an autobiography or that she can act. The USP of this book is that she hasn’t written this from the perspective of a celebrity. In this, you’re going to read about her being as ‘normal’ as one can be while belonging to an elite and popular family. She will talk to you from the point of view of a mother with two children who make her run around the clock, a wife to her busy husband, a daughter to her eccentric mother, a shoulder for all her friends and a sincere “bahu” to her mother-in-law. In short, she’ll tell you about what it is like to be a modern working women in our Indian society.

Twinkle Khanna is funny, poignant, amusing, sincere and sarcastic. She is like a breath of fresh air. The best part of this book was that it was such a fast and endearing read. I finished this in one sitting breezing through so many of her life’s incidents. She isn’t laugh out loud funny. She is witty and hella smart. Despite it being a “light read”, she is going to teach you a few things about life, one of which is given below.

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I highly recommend you to read this book. It’ll rejuvenate your brain and soul.

RATING : 5/5


So that was my first read of 2017 and what an incredibly great way to start this year with! With Sherlock returning, new music from Ed Sheeran coming our way and my first read getting a 5/5 rating.. 2017 is doing great. *touchwood*

Here’s to infinite greatness in this year. ❤ 

 

 

 

Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge 2017

There is just a few more hours left to ring in the new year (or it might already be, depending on where you live) and with it comes a whole new world of possibilities. The best part : A CHANCE TO READ MOOOORE. I always see so many book challenges floating around the internet but I’ve never had the time to take part in one. Till now. As I scavenged the internet for reading challenges, I came across one that was a perfect fit for me : Beat The Backlist Challenge presented by Austine @ novelknight. 

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This challenge asks only one thing : To read books which have been published before 2017. My TBR pile has just been increasing and increasing and this challenge gives me the perfect opportunity to try to bring it under control. You can find all the information here.

Now, I’ll tell you this : Austine is an absolute genius. To make things a little more competitive, she has created another challenge : Win The House Cup Challenge.

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The participants will be reading for their house. You can get all the information about this here. There will be points assigned to all the participants and I am just in love with the idea. It’ll be complimenting the Beat The Backlist Challenge and isn’t compulsory to participate in. I’m going to be reading for my house : GRYFFINDOR.

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There are also going to be Scavenger Hunts (YES. YOU HEARD IT RIGHT)! You can get the information about them here.

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Now, without further ado.. I present to you my TBR list for the BTB Challenge. This is in no means a final list. The list is a starting point for me and other titles will be added as time goes. I hope to read 100 books this year. That is the number of books that I’ll be challenging myself to read in Goodreads. But for the time being, here is my list :

  1. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

3. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

4. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them : The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

7. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

8. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

9. Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

11. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

12. The Last Don by Mario Puzo

13. The Martian by Andy Weir

14. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

15. One Summer by David Baldacci

16. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

17. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

18. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

19. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

20. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

21. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

22. The Vegetarian by Han Kang

23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

24. The Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

25. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

26. The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan

27. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

28. The Conversations We Never Had  by Jeffrey H. Konis

29. The Tales of  Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (The review can be found here.)

30. Mrs Funny Bones by Twinkle Khanna (You can find the review here.)

31. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

32. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

33. Charring Cross Road by Helene Hanff

34 . Anant Dot Com by Govind Sharma

35. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna

36. The Mahabharata Code by  Karthik K B Rao

37. Kitty Hawk by Iain Reading

38. The Suitable Inheritor by Pushpendra Mehta

39. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

40. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

41. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

42. The Menagerie and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay 

43. Playing It My Way by Sachin Tendulkar

44. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

45. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 

46. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

47. 8 Days A Week by Niraj Satnalika

48. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

49. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

50. Marley and Me : Life and Love With The World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan

51. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

52. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

53. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

54. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

55. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

56. Breathe by Abbi Glines

57. The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank 

58. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

59. My Wife’s Diary by Deepanshu Saini

60. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 

61.  In wartime by Tim Judah 

62. Deception Point by Dan Brown (You can find the review here.)

This is the skeleton list that I’m going to start with, adding and removing as we go. All the media used in this post belongs to Austine @ novelknights.

Happy new year, everyone. I hope we can all go beyond the train wreck that 2016 has been and achieve more in this coming year. I leave you with this beautiful quote by Lord Neil Gaiman : 

” May your year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful. And don’t forget to make some art (write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”